Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh

Context The state of Jammu and Kashmir bifurcated into the Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh on October 31. This was the date chosen after the bifurcation was announced in Parliament on August 5. Beginning of the functioning of the two UTs: October 31 will mark the beginning of the Read More …

Legislative Impact Assessment

Context: The Chairman of Rajya Sabha has advocated detailed Legislative Impact Assessment and called for informed law making in the country by bringing out social, economic, environmental and institutional impacts of legislative proposals which will help in realising the stated objectives of various laws. Background There is a concern over Read More …

Article 124 of the Constitution of India

Context President of India formally announced that Sharad Arvind Bobde will be India’s next Chief Justice Of India (CJI). Justice Bobde will be India’s 47th CJI. He has been chosen following the rule of seniority and his name was recommended by CJI Gogoi. His tenure as CJI will last for Read More …

Section 11 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951

Context : Recently the Delhi High Court has sought a response from the Centre and the Election Commission (EC) on a petition challenging the poll panel’s decision to reduce the disqualification period of Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang from six years to 13 months. Mr Tamang was convicted in a Read More …

Indian Penal Code

Context : Recently the Home Ministry is all set to overhaul the Indian Penal Code (IPC) designed by the British. A senior government official said rebooting the code introduced by the British in 1860 was necessary as it is primarily based on the spirit of “master and servant.” Historical Background Position Read More …

Appointment of Chief Justice

Context :  Recently Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi in a letter to Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad recommended Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde as his successor. Justice Bobde will have a tenure of one year and five months as CJI till April 23, 2021. Constitutional Provision regarding Appointmenr The Read More …

Explained: How a waqf is created?

What is a waqf? Waqf is the property given in the name of God for religious and charitable purposes. In legal terms, permanent dedication by a person professing Islam, of any movable or immovable property for any purpose recognised by the Muslim law as pious, religious or charitable. A waqf Read More …

Article 81 of the Constitution of India

Context : Recently Former Union Minister and Congress leader Jitin Prasada said the number of Lok Sabha seats should be rationalised on the basis of population. The composition of the Lower House has remained more or less the same for four decades. Article 81 of the Constitution of India Article 81 Read More …

Citizenship (Amendment) Bill-2016

Context : The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was passed by the Lok Sabha in January this year but lapsed as it was not tabled in the Rajya Sabha. It had proposed to amend the original Citizenship Act of 1955. After returning to power with a majority for another term, the government Read More …

Pardoning Powers of President

Context : The President commuted death sentences to life imprisonment in at least 20 cases over the past nine years, based on the recommendations received from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). These commutations were based on the President’s exercise of powers under Article 72 of the Constitution after the convicts Read More …